Lifelong Learning

The Lifelong Learning Institute in Chesterfield and VCoA's Lifelong Learning Programs

The Lifelong Learning Institute in Chesterfield

The Lifelong Learning Institute in Chesterfield is a member-supported organization designed to meet the educational and social enrichment needs of adults age 50 and "better". The Institute is a learning community of peers who are committed to ongoing education and their own intellectual development. Members want to stay current, curious about the world of ideas, and involved with their own learning. The Institute develops and offers daytime courses, lectures and special events on a wide range of topics; there are no exams, no credits and no college degrees required. The program consists of spring and fall terms and a four-week summer term. Classes during the spring and fall terms range from four to eight weekly sessions of up to two hours each. In addition, we have a series of lectures during all three terms. Professors and other course leaders are well known, informed and experienced professionals who enjoy sharing their knowledge and expertise.

Sponsorship from the Virginia Center on Aging at Virginia Commonwealth University, Chesterfield County Public Schools and Chesterfield County made the Institute possible. LLI partners with John Tyler Community College, The Midlothian YMCA, civic organizations and is part of the Elderhostel Institute Network. LLI Chesterfield is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization that is equal opportunity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national or ethnic origin. Our Institute is a member of the Elderhostel Institute Network (EIN), an umbrella organization for lifelong learning institutes in the United States and Canada.

For more information call Rachel Kelly at (804) 378-2527, email: info@llichesterfield.org or visit our website at llichesterfield.org

VCoA&s Lifelong Learning Programs

In addition to its Elderhostel and LLI programs, the Virginia Center on Aging offers conferences, workshops, and Love of Learning and Charter programs.

  • Conferences and workshops, with specialized gerontological emphasis on important issues such as "Spirituality and the Quest for Meaning" and "Aging and Disabilities," are open to university and medical staff, community service providers and other professionals, and adult learners of all ages.
  • Love of Learning programs, offered when time permits, are open to adults aged 50 and older, at our hotel-based program sites in Hampton Roads, Natural Bridge and Richmond. Programs of 1 to 3 days in length focus on history, ecology, literature, music, art and architecture, with field trips to popular places like Monticello, out-of-the way places like Smithfield, VA, and unusual places like the Casemate Museum on Ft. Monroe.
  • Chartered Educational Programs and Charter Elderhostels combine educational classes, tours, and day-trips or overnight travel in programs that are designed specifically for your group.
  • Formal or informal talks for groups of 12 or more who would like to learn about Elderhostel and the adventure of lifelong learning.

If you would like to be added to our mailing list for lifelong learning programs, please email your name(s) and address to Jeffrey Ruggles at jruggles@vcu.edu or call him at (804) 828-1525.